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Society of the Cincinnati China Plate and Bowl
Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Society of the Cincinnati China Plate and Bowl

Date: about 1785
Catalog #: 1885 (Holt)    Accession #: 17913
Credit: Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 9.625" H x 9.625" W x 1" D

Physical Description

Plate and bowl of Chinese Export Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration of an angel representing Fame. He is holding the order of the Society of the Cincinnati.

General History

The Society of the Cincinnati was organized on 13 May 1783, near Newburgh, New York, by Continental officers who fought in the American Revolution. The Society of the Cincinnati is an organization of descendants of eligible commissioned officers of the Continental Army or Navy and commissioned officers of the French Army or Navy who served in the Revolutionary War. The Society was the first veteran's organization established in the United States and is the oldest patriotic - lineal society in the world. George Washington was the Society's President General from 1783 until his death in 1799. The name of the Society commemorates Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, a legendary Roman hero of the fifth century B.C. Cincinnatus was twice called to lead Roman armies in defense of the republic, and each time refused rewards for his services, preferring to return to his farm as a simple republican citizen. The attachment of the leaders of the American Revolution to the patriotic idealism of Cincinnatus is reflected in the Society's motto: Omnia relinquit servare rempublicam or he abandons everything to serve his country.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: New York
War: War of American Independence
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